Shift 2: Unleashed
Interview: Shift 2 is a "Racing Simulator," Not a "Driving Simulation Experience" Says the Game's Producer
Written Thursday, January 27, 2011 By Dan Webb
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The original Shift was an interesting game. Loved by some, hated by others, and tolerated by us - it was decent; nothing more, nothing less. So when Shift 2 was announced, those who loved the original were over the moon, those who hated it rolled their eyes, and others, like us, were just glad they at least did the right thing and ditched the Need For Speed moniker.

While down in EA's UK offices recently, we caught up with Shift 2 Unleashed's Producer, Jesse Abney, to see what they had in store for us with the sequel; a game which Abney labels as a "racing simulator," unlike Forza and GT5 which are "driving simulation experiences." There is a difference... apparently. With night-time racing promised, a much more varied career  and more, we get the detailed lowdown on what fans can expect this coming March.


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Comment #1 by OD3N
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 09:11:59 PM
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Better be a racing line or I'll be screwed.
Also I hope it has easy trophies like the first.

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Comment #2 by karimkz
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:03:38 PM
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or this is just an excuse to GT5s racing and driving simulator... will get this tho!

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Comment #3 by zpam
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:58:43 PM
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"Racing Simulator" i'll say "Bull Shit"

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Comment #4 by Cruore
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 06:27:41 AM
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GT5 renders this one unneccessary for me. They'd have to make something genuinely amazing for me to even be interested.

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Comment #5 by KC_Chiefs_4Life
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 07:58:15 AM
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NFS HP is still better.

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Comment #6 by Nick-Chronic
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 08:16:37 AM
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NFS HP is realy burnout i cant wait to play shift2 but saying it`s a racing simulator are big words shift has a bad car handling so i hope thats fixed and for simulator i hope that we can blow up the engine when pushed hard and schreding the tires water oil temps overheating if this is in the game then it`s a simulator , thats what i want to see in this game.

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Comment #7 by JackC8
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 08:33:26 AM
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Great to hear that they're allowing for more in-depth settings for steering wheels. My biggest complaint in Shift was the dead zone in the steering, which couldn't be eliminated. It gave the driving a loose, somewhat sloppy feeling. If I can have tight, precise steering in this game, I'll be in love.

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Game Info
Electronic Arts


US March 29, 2011
Europe March 31, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1
Online Players : 2-12
ESRB: Everyone 10+
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